As schools in the United States have grown more dependent on education technology, they have become more at risk of cybersecurity attacks—and at a rate far worse than other industries across the nation.
That’s the conclusion of a new report by the security company SecurityScorecard, which finds that the education industry has the worst cybersecurity vulnerability of 17 sectors in the U.S. The top performers of cybersecurity in the report were the food, energy, and retail industries in order from best to worst.
From April to October 2018, SecurityScorecard analyzed 2,393 companies in the education industry. Both individual schools and entire school districts were studied as well as private companies in the education sector. There was no differentiation between education-related private companies and school districts in terms of their vulnerability to cyberattacks.